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Gardai and council urge Kerry road users to be safe and be seen this winter

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Michelle Mullane, Road Safety Officer, Kerry County County Council; Brian Looney, Kerry County Council; John Breen, Director of Services, Kerry County Council; Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan; Cllr Niall Kelleher, Chairman, Kerry Joint Policing Committee; Cllr Pa Daly, Kerry Joint Policing Committee.

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THE Kerry Joint Policing Committee is calling on all road users in Kerry to exercise care over the winter months and to ‘Be Safe and Be Seen’ on the county’s roads. The committee has encouraged the use of high visibility clothing and is asking all road users to ensure lights are fully functional on their bicycles, motorcycles and vehicles.

Speaking at a meeting of the Kerry Joint Policing Committee today, the Chief Superintendent of the Kerry Garda Division, Con Cadogan, said: “An Garda Síochána and Kerry County Council and the members of the Kerry Joint Policing Committee are asking people to wear high visibility clothing at this time of the year when natural light is reduced. You cannot expect other road-users to see you if you are not visible to them – wearing a high-vis vest can make a life-saving difference.

“We would also ask motorists to check their lights are working properly as driving with defective lights is both unacceptable and highly dangerous. A survey by the Road Safety Authority found that eight per cent of vehicles had at least one defective light. The message is to get it fixed now for your benefit and the benefit of other road users,’ he said.

The chairman of the Kerry Joint Policing Committee, Cllr Niall Kelleher, said the aim of the ‘Be Safe and Be Seen’ campaign – which is run by An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority – is to reduce road deaths and accidents on the county’s roads.

“Sadly we have had six fatalities so far this year on Kerry roads and we don’t want the horror of such an incident to be visited on any more families. Everyone on the road has a role to play in slowing down, driving with care and ultimately reducing road accidents and deaths,” said Cllr Kelleher.

Meanwhile, the Kerry Joint Policing Committee is encouraging homeowners to ‘Lock Up and Light Up’ their homes over the winter period to deter burglars. It’s part of a nationwide campaign to encourage homeowners to be more security conscious.

“Burglaries traditionally rise during the longer winter evenings and nights,” said Chief Superintendent Cadogan. “A number of simple measures can help to deter burglars such as using timers on lights if your home is unoccupied, locking all doors and windows, storing keys away from windows and letterboxes and using home alarm systems.”

‘There has been a fall in the number of burglaries in the Kerry Division – down 59% to date this year compared to the same period last year – which is due to a number of factors included the Garda’s Operation Thor and increased awareness and vigilance in communities. But we want people to continue to be aware of the risks and take the necessary precautions,’ said the Chief Superintendent.
 


 
Above: Michelle Mullane, Road Safety Officer, Kerry County County Council; Brian Looney, Kerry County Council; John Breen, Director of Services, Kerry County Council; Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan; Cllr Niall Kelleher, Chairman, Kerry Joint Policing Committee; Cllr Pa Daly, Kerry Joint Policing Committee.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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